The Diaper Bag + Carry On Packing List
Baby Carrier – see the gear list below for faves
Extra Clothes – for everyone, mom & dad include — babies blow out, enough said (this was a bigger problem 4-7 months, after which it pretty much stopped)
Extra Sling – we use a more structured carrier but carry a cloth sling like a Solly Wrap as a back up (in case of blow out emergency) because it’s compact.
“Toys” – something amusing for baby, we usually carried a *very* few items that we knew would amuse her and used found objects as the rest (can’t get away with pretending trash is a toy forever, so might as well while you can!)
Blanket – handy to cover them up when sleeping on long haul flights or to give them a spot to sit on the floor (I don’t recommend a sleep sack for this because it can be tricky to get them in it once asleep on a plane)
Snacks – For older babies that have started solids. Fruit, yogurt, bars, all good. I never thought I’d be a pouch carrying mom, but the organic food pouches that have nothing in them but actual food and a bit off water are amazing for travel. And if they are over the 100 mL limit, security usually makes an exception for baby food. I love the brand Smowl, but I don’t know if you can get it in the states. You can probably order them online. They make baby smoothies in pouches with coconut milk, quinoa, fruit. She loves them.
Pacifier & pacifier clip + back up
Zip locks bags/trash bag – for dirty diapers and soiled clothing
Dedicated Changing Blanket – we like the Solly swaddling blankets for this as they fold up really compact though something fluffier would probably be more comfortable/absorbent.
Hand Sanitizer/Disinfecting Wipes – I like the ones that smell like lavender! But anything will do.
Stroller – optional We didn’t often take one when she was small but we use it more the older she gets. My recommendation is below on the gear list.
Carseat – optional – I would only bring this if I had to, and so far I haven’t had to, so I’ve never traveled with one. When she is older and in her own seat, we might. Whatever you do, make sure your car seat clips into your stroller. The last thing you want to do is haul a car seat around by hand. Just no. There are many adapters available that make many car seat/stroller combos compatible.